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Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Jay S. Skyler, MD
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University of Miami; Miami, FL 33136 Requests for Reprints: Jay S. Skyler, MD, University of Miami, Suite 1012 East, 1500 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(9):837-839. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-9-199711010-00011
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The burden of diabetes mellitus is a consequence of the devastating chronic complications of the disease. In the United States, diabetes remains the leading cause of new blindness in adults, end-stage renal disease resulting in dialysis or transplantation, and nontraumatic amputations. Today, however, future blindness, kidney failure, and amputation should be markedly lessened as we implement preventive strategies, including attainment of meticulous glycemic control, laser photocoagulation, and early introduction of therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.

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